With only a month (and change) until the release of The Avengers, prepare to be bombarded with all manner of media to promote the film – including TV spots, featurettes, posters, and interviews.

Speaking of interviews, the cast and crew — including Joss Whedon, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr. — have been making the rounds recently to discuss the forthcoming film and the different relationships between the various Avengers.

Chris Evans on Captain America in a world where all his friends are dead, via Comic Book Movie:

“It’s not just that Captain America wakes up in a whole new world; it’s the fact that he has to deal with the emotions of finding out that everybody he knows is dead. Every single person he called brother on a battlefield is gone and the world around him is a different place. It’s more fast-paced and impersonal because new technologies have put barriers between people. In the ’40s there was much more of a direct and honest sincerity in the way people behaved and I think human interaction helps breed manners. Waking up in modern day is just an extremely different way of life that Steve Rogers now has to get used to.”

Robert Downey Jr. on why Iron Man and Captain America’s relationship is pivotal for The Avengers to work:

“I’m extremely fond of Chris Evans and I think he is one of the most underrated actors out there. I watch him and I think to myself, here is a guy who is wearing a stretchy American flag suit and I absolutely believe him. How is he doing this? The other thing I love about Chris is that he’s kind of this tough guy from Boston, but he also is a sensitive artist who really has an opinion. […] Our characters are very connected because Steve Rogers was close with Howard Stark and there’s something definitive and tangible about their relationship. If Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s relationship doesn’t work, then the film doesn’t work.”

We already know that Steve Rogers’ point-of-view in The Avengers will be, for all intents and purposes, our point-of-view, but it’s hard to imagine that Tony Stark will go underused. We’ve already seen a bit of conflict between the two characters in the trailers, which is of course to be expected in a Joss Whedon film – especially with two characters who are so vastly different.

Joss Whedon on the Avengers Initiative and the world’s reluctance to trust superheroes, via Comic Book Movie:

“The Avengers initiative has not necessarily been accepted by the World Security Council and is looked at with some great suspicion. The Super Heroes are viewed as dangerous and uncontrollable and I don’t think anybody, including Nick Fury, is fully convinced yet that The Hulk and Thor are good people to have around, based on what has gone down in the past. So in the time leading up to ‘The Avengers,’ a major focus of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about developing the Tesseract [otherwise known as ‘The Cosmic Cube’] and finding out a way to harness and use its vast power.”

I’ve got to say, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t trust Thor at this point. That guy was all flowers, sunshine, humility, and altruism a whole twenty-four hours after he lost his powers in Thor. The worst thing he did was Wrestlemania-style beat up a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were holding his hammer captive. Who could blame him? It’s a pretty awesome hammer.

Of course, I’m sure his connection to Loki – the villain of The Avengers – will come into play and make him a little less trustworthy.

Joss Whedon on Agent Coulson’s Captain America man-crush:

“Coulson is the face of S.H.I.E.L.D in a way that Nick Fury isn’t. Nick Fury stays in the background pulling the strings, while Coulson is the guy in the trenches alongside ‘The Avengers.’ His relationship with Steve Rogers is one of my favorites. There are so many characters in this film with a dry wit, so I wanted to find some other dynamic Coulson could have with Captain America and it hit me, ‘Oh my god, he’s a fan boy!’ Giving him a man crush on Captain America not only lent itself to some of the funniest scenes, but also established the type of relationship they had, which led to the whole trading card run in the scene, which is possibly my favorite thing in the movie.”

Agent Coulson seems like Whedon’s sort of character – a la Xander from Buffy, Lorne from Angel, and Wash from Fireflyso it’ll be fun to see what he does with him.

The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.

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Source: Comic Book Movie [1, 2]